Camera trickery and beautiful scenery has left us puzzled looking at the stunning Lake Sorvagsvatn in the Faroe Islands.
Jan Egil Kristiansen (above) and Foroyar22 (below) have posted photos of the lake on their Flickr accounts, showing just how clever the optical illusion is.
Glancing at the photo above you would naturally assume that the lake is sitting on a cliff top hundreds of feet above the ocean.
But according to the Huffington Post, the lake is actually only 90 feet above the ocean but the steepness of the cliff and the angle of the photo means your eye tricks you into believing the gap is far more than it actually is.
Lake Sørvágsvatn is the biggest lake in the Faroes and is found on the island of Vágar.
Islands in weird places
Optical illusion leaves Faroe Island lake distorted
The lake on Taal Volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines is where you will find Vulcan Point, the world's largest island within a lake on an island within a lake on an island. Volcano Island, where Vulcan Point is found in a crater lake, is the smallest active volcano in the world and its unexplained shape and location on an island within a lake within an island, makes it a unique geologic wonder.
Slap bang in the middle of Slovenia's picturesque Lake Bled lies a tiny island (and the country's only island), which is home to a pretty church with a long and diverse history. The lush greenery on Lake Bled's island, reached by pletna boat or hiring a rowboat, hides other interesting buildings, like the bell-tower, chaplain's house, provost's house, small hermitage and some mysterious legends.
It's easy to miss but Rome has an island right in the middle of the city. Isola Tiberina is the world's smallest inhabited island, about three football fields long. To get there, you cross Rome's oldest original bridge, not far from Capitoline Hill. Tiberina, while cute to stroll around, is home to a 10th-century basilica, fully operational hospital and annual film festival.
Victoria Falls is one of the world's natural wonders and among the most spectacular sights in Africa - and the best place to witness the immense mass of water is from the tiny Livingstone Island. Located in the middle of the Zambezi River on the edge of Victoria Falls just before a 103-metre drop, this island is not for the faint-hearted. Only 16 people can visit the island at a time and access to Livingstone depends on the water level. Aardvark Safaris a breathtaking lunch on the stunning island, where brave souls can stand at the edge of the falls.
You won't find monkeys on this small island in the River Thames but the hidden retreat in Bray, Berkshire is a lovely spot for a weekend getaway. Accessible by footbridge or boat, Monkey Island is surrounded by elegant gardens and offers 26 rooms for a unique island escape. It is located just 10 minutes from Windsor and less than an hour from central London.
This small man-made island off the Pacific coast of Mexico sits in a mangrove swamp. Mexcaltitan is said to be Aztlan, the home city and birthplace of the Aztecs, but today attracts tourists who visit the ancient island city by boat from La Batanza and is also a shrimping town, where shrimp are spread out to dry on any available surface in the town. Known as the 'Mexican Venice,' Mexcaltitan's streets flood during the rainy season turning them into canals.
Inchgarvie lies beneath Scotland's Forth Rail Bridge and in the days when boats were the only way to cross the Firth of Forth, it was on the main route between North Queensferry in Fife and South Queensferry in Lothian, making it strategically important. The uninhabited island under the bridge was inhabited from the late 15th century. On a boat tour of the Firth of Forth, visitors can see the remains of its 12th-century castle and wartime ruins.
Victoria Falls isn't the only waterfall with an island. At Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil, there are numerous islands along the 2.7km-long edge that divide the famous falls into separate waterfalls and cataracts, varying between 60 metres and 82 metres high. San Martin Island lies in the middle of Iguazu falls and is reachable by boat. Some steep walking up the island rewards visitors with breathtaking views of the falls.
One of two natural islands in the River Seine, Ile Saint Louis in Paris is connected to the rest of the City of Love by four bridges on both banks of the river. It was once used for the grazing of market cattle and stocking wood, but the island today is a peaceful oasis from the Paris's busy centre. Ile Saint Louis has just two narrow streets, two bus stops, hotels, shops and restaurants.
An island like no other, Tropical Island Paradise yacht offers the super rich the chance to have their own tropical island on a yacht. Created by the Yacht Island Design group, the stunning yacht boasts its own volcano and waterfall which feeds the swimming pool. The amazing portable island also features a helicopter landing pad, huge bar set behind a series of beach cabanas and a private beach cove - of course!
Optical illusion leaves Faroe Island lake distorted
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The glacier-fed Peyto Lake in Alberta's Banff National Park is as picturesque in the winter when its overlooking rocky mountains are covered in snow as it is in the summer, when the lake's minerals give it a spectacular turquoise colour. For the best views head to Bow Summit - the highest point on the Icefields Parkway route - where you can capture the most dramatic pictures. Explore... the vast Banff National Park for its alpine landscape, mountains, lakes and wildlife.
A paradise for birds and where you'll catch sightings of bright pink flamingos that take to its shallow salt water for security from predators, Lake Natron is one of Tanzania's magnificent wonders. The edges of the lake are perfect for walking and you can even trek to the streams and waterfalls nearby to escape the heat and enjoy a refreshing dip. Explore... the Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, which is a great place for climbing and stay at one of the luxury camps in the area with the lake and volcano in view.
Surrounded by small Mayan villages and nestled in the Guatemalan Highlands, Lake Atitlán is considered the most beautiful lake in Central America. Its natural frame is formed by three volcanoes - Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro - and at 11 miles long and with a surface area of 125 square-kilometres there's plenty to do, like fishing, sailing, kayaking and aquatic skiing. Explore... the nearby indigenous villages of Santiago Atitlan, Santa Cararina Palopo and San Antonio Palopo, which are known for the distinctive styles of clothing the people wear.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is home to some of the most breathtaking natural beauty and the magnificent 16 lakes that are interconnected by waterfalls. They're renowned for their changing colours of azure, green, grey and blue, which depend on the amount of minerals in the water and the angle of the sunlight. Explore... the wealth of wildlife at the National Park. There are deer, bears, wolves, wild cats and owls around, so keep a lookout for a sighting.
At 2120m long and 1380m wide Lake Bled is one of Slovenia's most beautiful attractions and was formed when a glacier melted into a deep hole. It's where you'll find the only natural island in the country - in the middle of the lake! A church on the island was built in the 15th century and is a picturesque location for weddings. Explore... the nearby Triglav National Park for its abundance of nature, culture and activities.
Como is the third biggest lake in Italy after Garda and Maggiore and is known as one of the deepest in Europe, being over 400m deep. Rich aristocrats have flocked here since Roman times and today it's as popular with the rich and famous who own villas along its shores. Como is shaped like a Y and is fed by the Adda River. Explore... the elaborate Villa Balbianello and its mysterious garden for the dramatic location on the edge of Lake Como.
The beauty of the Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou National Park lies in it being shallow enough for visitors to see the fallen ancient tree trunks on the bottom and the stunning colours it forms throughout the year - from turquoise to azure and green to yellow. The lake is just five metres deep and the surface area covers 90,000 square metres. Explore... the various lakes of Jiuzhaigou National Park. There's the Panda Lake that's overlooked by snow-capped mountains, the Sparkling Lake which is fed by the Huo Hua Lake Waterfalls and the small Lying Dragon Lake.
This eerie lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range is like no other. The bizarre tufa towers that stand tall within Lake Mono are hauntingly attractive and the most distinctive feature. They're created when the underwater springs rich in calcium mix with the lake water's carbonates. The salty water makes you float and the lake is a haven for photography enthusiasts. Explore... the ghost town of Bodie. It was a former gold mining town and known as the wildest in the West!
This stunning 23 mile-long freshwater lake is the largest in Britain and has around 30 islands on its waters. Loch Lomond is one of Scotland's most dramatic sites, surrounded by mountains and fed by the River Falloch. It's a hub for water sports, with wind-surfing, jetskiing and canoeing some of the favourites among enthusiasts. Explore... the town of Helensburgh for its piers, promenades and great architecture. Be sure to visit Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House for the beautiful interior and exterior features and fantastic views of the River Clyde.